February 9, 1999
      Kevin Crossett
      We were privileged to converse with Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Honoree 
      Roger McGuinn. As the founder of the Byrds, one of the early driving 
      forces of folk-rock, and perhaps the most famous 12-string guitarist of 
      all time, Roger McGuinn has also had the honor of being one of only a 
      handful of guitar players in the world who have had two signature guitars 
      named after them.
      First, the Limited Edition Rickenbacker 370-12, a guitar that was built 
      based on Roger's early Rickenbackers. Read the original press release at:
      And now, Martin has released the D12-42RM, an acoustic 12-string built as 
      a commemoration of Roger's contributions to the 12-string world. A 
      detailed photo and technical data on this instrument is at:
      Q: Roger, your name has popped up on a wide variety of recordings the last 
      few years. Aimee Mann and Elvis Costello, to name a few. Any other guest 
      appearances in the works?
      ROGER: No, there are no plans for sitting in on any other artist's CDs at 
      the moment.
      Q: With the Rickenbacker Roger McGuinn 370-12 model, and now your new 
      Martin D12-42RM Roger McGuinn 12-string acoustic, you are one of only a 
      handful of musicians in the world who have had two signature guitars built 
      for them! How did the Martin D12-42RM come to be?
      ROGER: A guitar collector friend approached Martin, and they thought it 
      would be a good idea!
      Q: Is your Martin D12-42RM strung like a Rickenbacker, with the main 
      strings first, and octave strings second?
      ROGER: No, it's strung in the traditional way, as are all my acoustic 
      Q: Getting back to the Rickenbacker McGuinn model, it's amazing how 
      "Byrds-like" that guitar sounds. The internal electronics produce that 
      wonderful bright, sustaining tone. But what devices did you originally use 
      to get that signature sound?
      ROGER: We used two studio quality compressors in series.
      Q: Which musical artists do you enjoy listening to?
      ROGER: Too many to name here, in all fields of music.
      Q: Is imitation really the highest form of flattery? Even though Tom 
      Petty's main musical influence has never been much of a secret, when you 
      listen to your song "King of the Hill" (McGuinn/Petty duet, from "Back 
      from Rio") it's uncanny to note how much Tom Petty has patterned his style 
      after you. Some people have to really listen to tell who's who.
      ROGER: We happen to have very similar sounding voices, and have both been 
      influenced by Presley and Dylan.
      Q: In your own hometown, are you active musically, such as local benefits, 
      jams, church, etc? Do you get together and jam with friends?
      ROGER: No, I keep a low profile where I live.
      Q: You often open your shows with Dylan's "My Back Pages." Does that song 
      have any personal significance to you?
      ROGER: I just like the song a lot.
      Q: Are you on friendly terms with Dylan? Any chance of any performance or 
      recording together?
      ROGER: Yes, he usually invites me to play with him when we're in the same 
      town, but there are no such plans right now.
      Q: Is there a new album or other project coming up?
      ROGER: I've been working with Bob Irwin in New York to co-produce a live 
      Byrds CD from 1969. There are plans to do a solo CD as well.
      Thank you, Roger, for joining us! 
      For more information about Roger McGuinn 
      and for a great list of Byrds FAQ, go to the Roger McGuinn website at:
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